CAST Approved Spine Fellowship

The University of Louisville Department of Neurological Surgery is proud to offer our CAST Approved Spine Fellowship, a twelve-month combined research and clinical fellowship that is designed for individuals in their final years of a U.S. residency program, or have completed a U.S. neurosurgical residency and are contemplating a career or subspeciality in spinal neurosurgery. The fellow receives extensive exposure to spinal trauma, fracture management, degenerative disorders, spinal oncology, spinal deformity, spinal navigation, minimally invasive spine surgery including neuroendoscopic discectomy, cyberknife radiosurgery, and spinal cord injury management. Research opportunities include: spine outcomes research with access to Medicare, Marketscan, and many administrative databases; spinal cord injury and spinal surgery clinical databases; spinal biomechanics research; 3D printing applications in spinal surgery; Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center with many animal models of spinal cord injury; epidural stimulation research program; and porcine spinal cord injury research programs. The fellow also has access to neuromuscular, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, cardiovascular, metabolic cores in our translational spinal cord injury program. Extensive opportunities exist for clinical research supported by an infrastructure of research coordinators, statisticians, IRB and grants management, and editorial support.

 2020 - 2021 Spine Fellow

Nikhil Jain, MBBS, MS (Ortho)

Dr. Nikhil Jain earned his Master of Surgery (MS) degree in orthopedics from Delhi University in 2015 after graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Baroda Medical College at Maharaja Sayairao University in 2011. Dr. Jain was a visiting fellow in orthopedic surgery at Cornell University, served as a clinical research fellow at Ohio State University, and completed a clinic spine fellowship at the University of Virginia with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Jain has received a Neurosurgical Research and Education Foundation Clinical Fellowship Grant for 2020 and received “Best Paper: Value Award” from the North American Spine Society in 2018.

Interested candidates should submit their CV to:

Maxwell Boakye, MD MPH, MBA FACS, FAANS
Chief of Spinal Neurosurgery
Department of Neurological Surgery
University of Louisville
220 Abraham Flexner Way, 15th Floor
Louisville, KY, 40207

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